History (1997 - Present Day)
idea of starting up a football team was banded around by a group
of workers at Action Images, a sports photographic agency in 1997.
The group had been playing in a nearby park in Tottenham Hale after
work with some friends. After some extensive research, the club's
appointed secretary, Steve Behan, found a place in the Forest District
Sunday League. Each of the founder members (approximately numbering
12) were asked to contribute £50 for registration and pitch
fees, and a further contribution from Action Images Managing Director,
David Jacobs, gave the team home and away kits. A TEAM WAS
Soon enough extra players were enticed towards the team, whether
they came from the growing workforce at Action Images, or by their
association with existing players.The club's first ever game, a
pre-season friendly against Balham, was played in early September
1997, and despite a 3-1 defeat, everyone had learnt a lot from the
experience. It was only a pity the league began the following week,
so everyone had to gel very quickly.
At the end of the 1997/98 season, Action Images were promoted to
Division 4 after finishing in mid-table. By the start of the second
season the team had a very different look, with several of the first
season's players making way for a new generation. A season of mediocrity
and inconsistency, there were highs (the 6-5 victory over Dog and
Duck in the cup) and there were lows (the 11-2 defeat by Anthes,
who went on to win the league unbeaten), but the club set its sights
higher in the 1999/2000 season. Unfortunately these dreams were
shattered during the course of the campaign with the team going
out of both cups at the first hurdle and struggling to find consistency
in the league. A change of formation from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2 briefly
lifted the team but this was short lived, as more key players were
added to the injury list.
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season also saw the shock departure of manager Gavin Clay after
his controversial refereeing performance against Dog & Duck.
His decisions during the match were questioned by many of his own
players at full time, not least the blatant attack by one Dog &
Duck player on striker Lee Beskeen. The torrent of abuse received
by his own players after the match proved to be the final straw
for the gaffer, so a replacement had to be found. The problem was
quickly resolved by the appointment of managerial duo, Jarvis Burt
(assistant manager during Gavin Clay's tenure in charge) & John
Behan (the player's choice).
The end of the season saw the end of an era. Action Images FC was
no more. After a series of discussions it was decided to change
the club's name. A number of suggestions were made, and the players
were polled to make a decision. By far the most popular name, based
on our kit and its origins, and the fact that we wanted to sound
a bit Brazilian, was Vasco De Barnet. A TEAM WAS REBORN.
The new managerial combination was to prove more successful than
most could have hoped. Despite the departure of Jarvis, due to family
reasons, near the end of the season, Vasco achieved their highest
ever league finish - fourth - and reached the semi final of the
Alfred Sturgess Cup, only to be beaten by bitter rivals Hoppers
B. With Adam Jones taking on the role of player-assistant manager,
the new-look Vasco were determined to finally bring home some silverware.
The following season , Vasco earned their first piece of silverware.
After finishing strongly in the league and performing excellently
in both cups, Vasco won the Alfred Sturgess Cup Final after an 85th
minute goal from Lee Hunt saw off a stubborn Lloyds Park side in
front of a packed crowd at Leytonstone Pennant.
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team went from strength to strength in the 2002/2003 Season. Vasco
went one better than last year and secured the Waltham Forest
District League Division Two championship. Vasco lost two games
that season but still needed a 2-2 draw between Leyton Trades
and New North Park on the final game of the season to confirm
their status of CHAMPIONS!. Most of the squad went over to watch
the game and celebrated long in to the afternoon as the full time
Vasco struggled to get a full strength side every week the following
season and unsurprisingly struggled in the league, eventually
being relegated. During the season it was decided that Vasco would
move to the Waltham Mercury Football League for the next season,
as it was a league closer to most of the players in the team.
At the start of the 2004/2005 season, Vasco de Barnet made some
sweeping changes. 1) The team would now be called FC Vasco. 2)
Lee Kill would become the new club captain - Adam Jones was the
captain but stepped down due to his assistant manager role. 3)FC
Vasco would wear a new kit for the season and 4) Founder Member,
Paul Farenden, would become new club chairman.
first season as FC Vasco almost saw the team secure an unprecedented
double. After defeat in the Junior cup final against Tolmers, FC
Vasco dug in to secure the Division Five League title. On a cold
wednesday night, Vasco travelled to the home of their main rivals
for the title and secured an excellent 2-0 victory to be crowned
CHAMPIONS once more. The 2005-06 season saw the departure of Lee
Beskeen, Chris Dean and Brendan Armstrong as well as John Behan,
the gaffer, relinquishing his role due to other commitments. This
saw the formation of the Adam Jones / Andrew Kingsbury management
team, which the official website wishes the best of luck for the